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Category Archives: Fiction Furbaby

Fiction Furbaby includes background and stories about pets in fiction, a cover, blurb, buy links, and author social media. It also has a section for shapeshifters used to introduce the animal side of the character and provides a shout out to animal rescue organizations.

Fiction Furbaby: Meet Archie from Radical Regatta! by Anna Celeste Burke @aburke59 @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsAnna Celeste Burke, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We support all furbabies, real life or fictional. We want to know all about your Fiction Furbaby, but first, please tell us about your book.

Radical Regatta! Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery #4 by Anna Celeste Burke

Genre Cozy Mystery

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

Rescuing a dog that’s swimming for its life draws newlyweds, Kim and Brien, into troubled waters. As a crime wave hits Corsario Cove, the area is packed with visitors for a Fourth of July Regatta. With the murder of a shadowy figure Kim and Brien had confronted more than once, the game that’s afoot turns deadly. It won’t be smooth sailing for anyone until these twenty-something sleuths solve the mystery behind the murder and mayhem.

Meet Archie from Radical Regatta! Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery #4

Full name: Archie

Nickname: Archie

Gender: Male

Species: Dog

Physical description: A young, dark brown and white Portuguese Water Dog with soft, downy fur.

Relationship to main character: This is the dog Kim and Brien rescue that’s at the center of a mystery.

Relationship to the villain/antagonist: Someone’s determined to get their hands on the dog.

Where this furbaby came from: Found alone, in the Pacific Ocean just outside Corsario Cove; his owners are missing

What inspired you to create this character?

A dog swimming alone in open water seemed like a mysterious situation infused with urgency. It appealed to me as a great way to kick off a new book set in the imaginary coastal community of Corsario Cove where my surf-loving sleuths live. Plus, the protagonists’ compassionate character and youthful impulsiveness is quickly revealed when they put themselves at risk to save the poor dog and then try to learn how he was he happened to be lost at sea.

What does the main character think about this furbaby?

It’s love, at first sight, for Kim and Brien. They try not to get too attached to Archie—the name they give him. His owners must be desperate to get their loveable pooch back—if they’re still alive.

What does the villain/antagonist think about this furbaby?

Someone wants Archie back, but it’s not clear who it is or why.

How do other characters react to or interact with this furbaby?

Archie’s a charmer and most everyone he meets—except the bad guys—fall for his affable nature. His courage and determination to swim to shore amaze those who meet him, too.

What does this furbaby add to the story?

He’s such a sweet, happy dog that I hope he charms readers and that they cheer Kim and Brien along as they try to keep him safe and find out how he ended up abandoned at sea. Like food and humor, an adorable pet like Archie is a great counterpoint to the murder and mayhem at the center of a cozy mystery.

Please share an interesting fact or tidbit about this furbaby.

Archie has a very special, rather naughty animal pal in this story.

Describe a humorous incident involving the animal character.

Archie and his pal get into all sorts of trouble as they become fast animal friends.

About Coco–my only furbaby at the moment

Fiction Furbaby: Meet Archie from Radical Regatta! by Anna Celeste Burke @aburke59 @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsThis post is called Fiction Furbaby, but perhaps your own pet does not have fur. If you have a pet that has fins, wings, scales, or other features, please tell us about them here.

Which, if any of the pets in your writing are modeled after your own pets? In what way?

Coco, my seal point Siamese cat, is a model for one of the two cats in my Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery series. My little 8-pound Coco is a sweet, cuddly cat, but he has the biggest mouth on any cat I’ve ever owned or met! Like Georgie’s cat Miles—as in Miles Davis—when my Coco bellows, it’s like a trumpet blast!

What do your pets do when you are writing?

Coco sometimes sits on the back of the chair in which I write. He also naps and, of course, bellows every once in a while, demanding attention or a treat.

What’s the most unusual pet you ever had?

A large iguana.

Where did you find your pet?

Coco came from a woman near where I used to live in Ohio. She breeds Siamese cats, but Coco was part of an unplanned litter of Siamese cats.

What do you feed your pet?

Coco just turned eight years old this month. Officially a “senior” cat, I’ve recently switched him to a diet that will be easier on his kidneys and aims to prevent urinary tract problems. He loves turkey, chicken, and Bonita flakes.

Describe a toy or favorite item your pet loves.

Coco is a real fan of strings—We watch to make sure we don’t leave anything with strings on it unattended. He especially likes it when I play with him using a string that dangle feathers. He jumps and tries so hard to catch the feather, sometimes after sneaking up on it by crawling on his belly. Coco also enjoys independent play tossing a play mouse into the air and chasing after it. Crinkly paper is a great pleasure to him, too!

Where to buy Summer Snoops Unleashed: 14 Furr-ocious Mysteries and Cozy Crimes

[including Radical Regatta plus 13 other novels and novellas]

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Snoops-Unleashed-Furr-ocious-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07R49T674
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/summer-snoops-unleashed-14-furr-ocious-mysteries-and-cozy-crimes-judith-lucci/1130713830
iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/summer-snoops-unleashed-14-furr-ocious-mysteries-cozy/id1454595774
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/summer-snoops-unleashed-14-furr-ocious-mysteries-and-cozy-crimes

Anna Celeste Burke Social Media

Dr. Anna Celeste Burke is an award-winning, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who enjoys snooping into life’s mysteries with fun, fiction, and food—California style! She writes five mystery series set in California: The Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery Series, The Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery Series, the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery Series, the Seaview Cottages Cozy Mystery Series, and the Calla Lily Mystery Series. To get the latest news, subscribe to her newsletter at: https://desertcitiesmystery.com.
Website: https://desertcitiesmystery.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/aburke59
Facebook: http://bit.ly/annasFB
Bookbub: http://bit.ly/annaBookBub
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7553558.Anna_Celeste_Burke
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Anna-Celeste-Burke/e/B00H8J4IQS
Newsletter: https://desertcitiesmystery.com

Shout out to Rob’s Rescues – founded by a 9-year-old animal activist

Rob’s Rescues is a non-profit organization in Georgia helping people in need care for and feed their pets. It was founded in 2014 by a then nine-year-old boy. Rob’s Rescues is dedicated to collecting pet food for people in need to reduce shelter surrenders, and to advocating for the adoption of shelter pets. Rob writes monthly articles advocating for shelter animals in the Around About Local Media magazine publications. His column was first published in 2014. He also has pet food collection sites for people in need in the community and interviews amazing people. His interviews appear online once they are published in his column.
Rob volunteers for Pet Buddies Food Pantry, the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and Cobb County Animal Control and collects pet food for these organizations and the communities they serve. He also wants to bring attention to smaller, rural shelters. Mostly he wants to get kids to be Rob’s Rangers to teach kids that they can help shelter animals. Rob has also talked to kids in a classroom setting.
Rob’s Rescues is a Non-Profit Corporation and all donations are tax deductible.
Website http://www.robsrescues.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/robsrescues/
Twitter https://twitter.com/RobsRescues

Shout out to our three non-profit animal rescue shelters!

The Summer Snoops Unleashed box set is a labor of love by 14 authors hoping to raise money for three no-kill shelters with a special interest finding fur-ever homes for senior/disabled/special need pets.
Streetdog Foundation, Memphis, Tn.
Streetdog Foundation began with a phone call. When founders Melanie and Kent were asked by a friend at another organization to check Memphis Animal Services for a lost American Bull Dog, their one-hour task turned into a lifelong mission (not to mention the rescue of three shelter dogs at the same time).

Since that transformational day, Streetdog Foundation has rescued more than 750 endangered dogs from the streets and shelters of Memphis, all without a dedicated structure to house them. Streetdog relies on volunteer foster families to not only provide homes for our dogs, but also give them the love, security, and confidence they need to succeed in their forever homes. Whether temporarily fostering or adopting one of our rescues, everyone who takes in a Streetdog becomes part of our family.

And because we’re focused on the well-being of all the canine and human members of our family, Streetdog’s primary goal is to find the right fit for both the dog and the household. We are not a first-come, first-served rescue; our volunteers work diligently to make sure every match has the highest chance of success. We appreciate your interest and hope the compassionate vision that brought Streetdog Foundation into being will inspire you to join us however you can.
Northshore Humane Society, North of New Orleans, LA
Northshore Humane Society is one of Louisiana’s largest 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal welfare organizations. Since 1953, we have been serving the neglected and abandoned animals of the Northshore region. We are an independent, non-governmental rescue that offers veterinary care, fostering, adoption, and more. We rely solely on the support of caring people like you to fund our programs and services which profoundly benefit the animals of our community. Thank you for all your support!
Home Fur Good, Maricopa County near Phoenix, AZ.
Our mission is to end euthanasia of cats and dogs in Maricopa County through pet adoptions, medical care, promotion of spay and neuter procedures and pet owner education. What we do matters.

Fiction Furbaby: Meet Leo from Lord Corsair by Sydney Jane Baily @SydneyJaneBaily @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsSydney Jane Baily, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We support all furbabies, real life or fictional. We want to know all about your Fiction Furbaby, but first, please tell us about your book.

Lord Corsair by Sydney Jane Baily

Genre Victorian
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Miss Beryl Angsley, relishing a final few months of freedom before marriage, accompanies her father across the globe on a mission of diplomacy only to find herself kidnapped by Chinese pirates in the South China Sea.
British privateer, Philip Carruthers, on a secret undertaking for Queen Victoria, has at last found the treasure he’s sought for two years. Unfortunately, he also finds a captive Englishwoman.
Duty-bound to rescue her, he risks his ship, his crew, and his cat to return Lady Angsley to her father. In the midst of a dangerous world of pistols and plunder, Captain Carruthers goes from privateer to pirate in order to steal the heart of a lady.

Meet Leo from Lord Corsair

Full name: Leo, the Cat
Nickname: Leo
Gender: Male
Species: Domestic Short Hair
Physical description: Stout, orange tabby
Relationship to main character: Loyal friend, shipmate, and helper to Lord Corsair
Relationship to the villain/antagonist: Attacks villain to save heroine
Where this furbaby came from: Belonged to Lord Corsair’s twin brother who died in a carriage accident
Do you have any working or service animals in your stories? Tell us about them.
Leo is a working crewmember, keeping the mouse population down onboard ship, as well as happily jumping onto both enemy vessels and enemies in general.
What inspired you to create this character?
My own dear cat, Leo, part Maine Coon, whom I found under a lilac bush one harsh winter. A gentle soul, to be sure but fierce when necessary.
What does the main character think about this furbaby?
Lord Corsair inherited his brother’s cat upon his twin’s death. He has mixed emotions but wouldn’t part with him for anything. Grudgingly admires the cat, but is occasionally at the receiving end of the cat’s temper.
What does the villain/antagonist think about this furbaby?
My villains do not like cats! Leo vanquishes one particular bad guy in an alley.
How do other characters react to or interact with this furbaby?
Leo takes to Beryl, our heroine, as soon as she boards ship, much to Lord Corsair’s amazement.
What does this furbaby add to the story?
Warmth and humor, and Leo shows us the hero’s softer side. Also, without Leo, the heroine might have met a terrible end.

About Your Pet’s Name

Fiction Furbaby: Meet Leo from Lord Corsair by Sydney Jane Baily @SydneyJaneBaily @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsThis post is called Fiction Furbaby, but perhaps your own pet does not have fur. If you have a pet that has fins, wings, scales, or other features, please tell us about them here.
I currently have one rescue dog, Perry, from Tennessee, and one tuxedo cat, Sabby, whom we adopted from a shelter. We used to have four cats, but sadly, the others have passed away. These two get along well by ignoring each other mostly.
Which, if any of the pets in your writing are modeled after your own pets? In what way?
Leo from Lord Corsair was definitely modeled after my real-life cat, Leo, though my Leo wouldn’t have been happy leaving home or going on adventures, except in the back yard.
What do your pets do when you are writing?
Perry is under my desk right now. Sabby is a cat, meaning she does whatever she wants whenever she wants.
Describe a toy or favorite item your pet loves.
Perry, any tennis ball
Sabby, leave me alone, I’m a cat.

Where to buy Lord Corsair

Publisher DragonMedia Publishing, Inc
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NLLLF1D/

Sydney Jane Baily Social Media

Sydney Jane Baily writes historical romance set in Victorian England, late 19th-century America, the Middle Ages, the Georgian era, and the Regency period. She believes in happily-ever-after stories for an already-challenging world.
Born and raised in California, she has traveled the world, spending a lot of exceedingly happy time in the U.K. where her extended family resides, eating fish and chips, drinking shandys, and snacking on Maltesers and Cadbury bars.
After obtaining degrees in English literature and in history, besides writing novels, she has spent time as a copyeditor, cat snuggler, website designer, book production editor, mother of two, and faithful friend to her dog, among other endeavors both literary and not.
Sydney currently lives in New England with her family — human, canine, and feline.
You can learn more about her books, read her blog, sign up for her newsletter (and receive a free book), and contact her via her website at SydneyJaneBaily.com.
Connect with Sydney on Facebook or on Twitter.
Follow her on BookBub.
Website https://sydneyjanebaily.com
Blog https://sydneyjanebaily.com/my-blog/
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Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/sjbaily/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6589316.Sydney_Jane_Baily
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Sydney-Jane-Baily/e/B009LAIOM6
Newsletter https://sydneyjanebaily.com/contact-me/

Shout out to Rob’s Rescues – founded by a 9-year-old animal activist

Rob’s Rescues is a non-profit organization in Georgia helping people in need care for and feed their pets. It was founded in 2014 by a then nine-year-old boy. Rob’s Rescues is dedicated to collecting pet food for people in need to reduce shelter surrenders, and to advocating for the adoption of shelter pets. Rob writes monthly articles advocating for shelter animals in the Around About Local Media magazine publications. His column was first published in 2014. He also has pet food collection sites for people in need in the community and interviews amazing people. His interviews appear online once they are published in his column.
Rob volunteers for Pet Buddies Food Pantry, the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and Cobb County Animal Control and collects pet food for these organizations and the communities they serve. He also wants to bring attention to smaller, rural shelters. Mostly he wants to get kids to be Rob’s Rangers to teach kids that they can help shelter animals. Rob has also talked to kids in a classroom setting.
Rob’s Rescues is a Non-Profit Corporation and all donations are tax deductible.
Website http://www.robsrescues.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/robsrescues/
Twitter https://twitter.com/RobsRescues

Shout out to Best Friends Animal Society

My favorite charity. Best Friends Animal Society operates the nation’s largest sanctuary for homeless animals and provides adoption, spay/neuter, and educational programs.

Their goal: Save them all!

Their mission: “The problem is a big one, no question…but we believe it’s possible to make this senseless killing a thing of the past.” http://bestfriends.org/

 

Fiction Furbaby: Meet Bas from Water Dreams by Katherine Eddinger Smits @katherinesmits @RobsRescues #RLFblog #MermanKatherine Eddinger Smits, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We support all furbabies, real life or fictional. We want to know all about your Fiction Furbaby, but first, please tell us about your book.

Water Dreams by Katherine Eddinger Smits

Genre Paranormal Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Nik–an outwardly normal young woman terrified by water, living in the Greek-American town of Tarpon Springs, Florida.
Bas–a shapeshifter merman tasked with obtaining Nik’s help to gain what his species most desires.
The Nerei–a race of beings who want humans to continue to believe they are mythological.
What happens when Nik refuses to help Bas and the Nerei?
How will Nik and Bas save each other when they fall in love, against his species laws?

Meet Bas Cantonous from Water Dreams

Full name: Basileus Cantonous
Nickname: Bas
Gender: Male
Species: Nerei (Merman)
Physical description: Muscular, handsome, with pale skin, black eyes, black hair with jade colored highlights
Relationship to main character: Love interest
Relationship to the villain/antagonist: Son
Where this furbaby came from: He belongs to a race of descendants of two of the Greek Titians, Oceanus and Tethys. He and his people are similar to humans but evolved to live in the water. His clan originated in the sea near Greece, but most have relocated to the Gulf of Mexico and spend time on land in Tarpon Springs, Florida. They call themselves Nerei, which comes from the Greek word for Nereids, or water nymphs.
What inspired you to create this character?
When I decided to write my debut novel, I knew I wanted it to be in my favorite genre, paranormal romance. However, I wanted something different from werewolves and vampires. I like them, but I wanted to write about a new kind of shifter. I already knew the story would be set in my home town of Tarpon Springs, Florida, so I considered what kind of shape-shifter might live near there. It’s a small town on the west coast of Florida, known for its large Greek settlement and fishing. So, of course mermaids and mermen came to mind.
What does the main character think about this furbaby?
Nik, the main character, is a young woman of Greek heritage who is terrified of water. When Bas tells her he is a merman, she thinks he is crazy. She doesn’t want anything to do with him.
What does the villain/antagonist think about this furbaby?
The antagonist in this story is Mara, the clan matriarch and Bas’ mother. She has tasked him with enlisting Nik’s help. The Nerei’s greatest desire is to obtain independence from the water, so they can remain on land as long as they want. Mara loves Bas deeply, but is critical of him and not sure he takes his job seriously.
What does this furbaby eat?
When in the water, Nerei eat raw fish, which they catch by elongating their fingernails into claws and their teeth into razor sharp points. On land, they eat human food, though they have a preference for sushi and very rare meat.
What is this furbaby’s natural habitat?
Bas’ natural habitat is the water and the land. Because he can shapeshift to pass for human, he can keep his true nature a secret while enjoying all the land has to offer.
Please share an interesting fact or tidbit about this furbaby.
Bas was raised in a Nerei community and had little interaction with humans until he was appointed to contact Nik. His English is formal and he doesn’t use contractions. Also, he has no knowledge of popular culture so idioms and slang sometimes confuse him in amusing ways.
What triggers the shift from human to animal?
Nerei are in complete control of their shift. They can remain human in water or they can partially shift. They can also remain in Nerei form on land, but rarely do because they wouldn’t be able to walk and also because they don’t want humans to see them in their natural form.
How does the shifting process happen?
The Nerei make a mental decision to shift and the change is almost instantaneous.
How does the human character think and feel about the animal side?
The Nerei don’t consider themselves animals. They believe they are superior to humans and retain their enhanced strength, hearing and eyesight when in human form.
How does the animal character think and feel about the human side?
The Nerei still consider themselves Nerei even when in human form. There is not the dichotomy that is often found in shifters, since their brains and sense of self is the same in either form.
In what ways are the human and animal characters different in belief and needs?
The Nerei cannot remain on land more than a few hours without rejuvenating in the water. They become severely dehydrated and this process can be fatal. They can remain indefinitely in the water, but they do need to surface to breathe air occasionally. This is because they have dual respiratory systems that can be overwhelmed by prolonged immersion.
Is the shifting process part of a deeper, mystical process (i.e., moon phases, rituals, life events)?
No, but the Nerei have a complex society headed by the matriarch and clan elders, who are all female. Males are warriors, but have little political power. The clans don’t all get along and sometimes war with one another, but also make alliances that complicate everything. They are also polytheistic, worshipping the gods and goddesses of the Greek mythology.

About Corrin Castle

Which, if any of the pets in your writing are modeled after your own pets? In what way?
My current pet is a 21 year old Irish Sport Horse, who has been with me since she was six. I don’t have any animals in Water Dreams, or my other published fiction, but my work in progress includes horses, a cat, and a dog. Those animals are modeled after ones we were privileged to share time with during their lives.
What do your pets do when you are writing?
Corrin Castle lives on a farm in Ocala, Florida. She thinks it belongs to her and must approve any additions to the herd. (Usually, the answer is no.)
What’s the most unusual pet you ever had?
When my kids were five and three, a cockatiel flew into our yard and perched on my daughter. “Mommy, can we keep him?” You know the rest. Crystal lived with us the rest of his life. He said a lot of words and loved to sit on your shoulder and rub his beak on your cheek.
Where did you find your pet?
My horse was imported from Ireland. I found her in Virginia.
What do you feed your pet?
Grain, hay and grass.
Describe a toy or favorite item your pet loves.
Cookies

Where to buy Water Dreams

Publisher: Foundations Books https://www.foundationsbooks.net/book/water-dreams-by-katherine-eddinger-smits/
Amazon http://amzn.to/2eM7ip3
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/water-dreams-katherine-eddinger-smits/1122546085
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/water-dreams/id1150023548?mt=11
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/water-dreams-1
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/661350

Katherine Eddinger Smits Social Media

Katherine Eddinger Smits has a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of South Florida and a Masters in Social Work from Florida State University. After over two decades of helping veterans, families and community agencies as a clinical social worker, she retired to pursue writing. She has published two paranormal romances, a third is scheduled for release March 2019, and several more are in the works.
She grew up in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Although not from a Greek background, she fell in love with the Greek culture of the town and its close-knit families. She moved away years ago, but she still visits Tarpon Springs frequently to see old friends and classmates, walk the beaches, or shop and eat at the Sponge Docks.
She started writing stories in grade school and always intended to write novels someday. However, she put off writing fiction while she raised her family and worked as a clinical social worker at four different Veterans Affairs Medical Centers around the country. Although she was devastated to learn that her first career choice—mermaid, was not realistic, Katherine found helping veterans and their families fulfilling, and managed to squeeze writing into her life. Whether it was writing clinical assessments, creating brochures for social programs, or putting together newsletters for clubs and organizations, she always had some kind of writing project in the works.
Katherine lives with her husband in Homosassa, Florida and Falling Waters, West Virginia. They have a daughter who resides in Alexandria, Virginia and a son, daughter-in-law and two
Website http://katherineeddingersmits.weebly.com/
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Twitter https://twitter.com/katherinesmits
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Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/katherinesmits/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15273608.Katherine_Eddinger_Smits
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Newsletter http://katherineeddingersmits.weebly.com/
Shout out to Rob’s Rescues – founded by a 9-year-old animal activist
Rob’s Rescues is a non-profit organization in Georgia helping people in need care for and feed their pets. It was founded in 2014 by a then nine-year-old boy. Rob’s Rescues is dedicated to collecting pet food for people in need to reduce shelter surrenders, and to advocating for the adoption of shelter pets. Rob writes monthly articles advocating for shelter animals in the Around About Local Media magazine publications. His column was first published in 2014. He also has pet food collection sites for people in need in the community and interviews amazing people. His interviews appear online once they are published in his column.
Rob volunteers for Pet Buddies Food Pantry, the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and Cobb County Animal Control and collects pet food for these organizations and the communities they serve. He also wants to bring attention to smaller, rural shelters. Mostly he wants to get kids to be Rob’s Rangers to teach kids that they can help shelter animals. Rob has also talked to kids in a classroom setting.
Rob’s Rescues is a Non-Profit Corporation and all donations are tax deductible.
Website http://www.robsrescues.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/robsrescues/
Twitter https://twitter.com/RobsRescues
Shout out to Aftercare Charles Town, Equine Encore Performance
Aftercare Charles Town, Equine Encore Performance Is Dedicated To The Rehoming, Repurposing And Retirement Of Thoroughbred Race Horses That Have Raced And Trained At Hollywood Casino And Racetrack Located In Charles Town, Wv. https://www.facebook.com/EEPCT/

 

Fiction Furbaby: Meet Persa from A Hero to Hold by Sheri Humphreys @Sheri_Humphreys @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsSheri Humphreys, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We support all furbabies, real life or fictional. We want to know all about your Fiction Furbaby, but first, please tell us about your book.

A Hero to Hold by Sheri Humphreys

Hi, Kayelle. Thank you for having me on your blog. I’m happy to be here. Here’s a little about my book.
Genre Historical Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Viscountess Charlotte Haliday has lost her illusions. Scandal took her position in Society and the husband she thought she loved, and his mysterious murder followed shortly thereafter. But now is the time to return to London, time to find whatever small portion of happiness remains to her.
The first step will be proving she is her own person, unafraid of the lies and deceit that came before. Then she will defy her father and all others who try to take away her control. Never again will Charlotte have a husband or seek the perfect marriage of her best friend Jane, but perhaps she will dare the wrath of the gossip-mongers and indulge her tiniest desire. To do so will bring her face to face with a stranger in an alcove. It will lead to learning Mr. David Scott is not only a war hero soon to be awarded the Victoria Cross, but also the most formidable man she has ever met. Broken in every way except the ones that count, he alone can make her believe in love. And only she can show him that he is not alone.

Meet Piccolo Persa from A Hero to Hold

Full name: Piccolo Persa
Nickname: Persa
Gender: Female
Species: Skye Terrier
Physical description: Small, 35-40 pounds, long-haired, black terrier. Native to Great Britain.
Relationship to main character: A stray adopted by the heroine.
Relationship to the villain/antagonist: Antagonist tries to harm the pet as a way of injuring the heroine.
Where this furbaby came from: The streets of 1857 London.
What inspired you to create this character?
I like to add a pet to my stories. Animals add so much to our lives and I like my characters to have the benefit of pet love. The Unseducible Earl and its sequel By the Light of a Christmas Moon share a Springer Spaniel, Jasper. Never a Viscount, my work-in-progress releasing Spring 2019, has a cat, Phoebe.
What does the main character think about this furbaby?
The heroine, Charlotte, adopts and names Persa and quickly grows to love her. The hero, David, is surprised that Charlotte, a titled lady, would choose a stray rather than a purebred.
What does the villain/antagonist think about this furbaby?
The antagonist, Vivian, harms Persa in an attempt to hurt Charlotte.
How do other characters react to or interact with this furbaby?
Even though A Hero to Hold released two years ago, I chose to profile Persa because she has a fairly large role in the story. She’s a brave little dog who comes to the heroine’s rescue when Charlotte is attacked.
What does this furbaby add to the story?
Initially, Persa is a source of conflict between Charlotte and David, then becomes a source of contention between Charlotte and her father. The pooch creates a bridge between Charlotte and an orphaned girl Charlotte is helping.
Always loving and loyal, Persa is in numerous scenes. She provides the companionship and love Charlotte lacks and doesn’t hesitate to protect her mistress, which places the terrier in danger.
What about this furbaby will readers like, and why?
Her name means Little Stray in Italian.
Please share an interesting fact or tidbit about this furbaby.
I chose to make Persa a Skye Terrier because it was the breed of one of Queen Victoria’s favorite dogs.
Describe a humorous incident involving the animal character.
There’s more drama than humor associated with Persa. Everyone loves her. She’s a barometer for tension between David and Charlotte, and plays the role of friend who encourages them to repair their damaged relationship.

About Mama Catt and Lucy

Fiction Furbaby: Meet Persa from A Hero to Hold by Sheri Humphreys @Sheri_Humphreys @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsWhere did you find your pets?
Over the years I’ve had a number of Miniature Schnauzers. Lucy was a neighborhood stray who dug under my next-door-neighbors’ fence into their back yard. She was so thin; every rib showed. My neighbors had two dogs and didn’t want another. When they couldn’t find her owner and decided to take her to the city pound, I decided to adopt her. Their little boy had been calling her Lucky, but I decided to change that to Lucy.
My vet suggested Lucy looked like a Jack Russell/Dachshund mix. I think that’s probably spot on. Lucy is devoted to me. After my Schnauzer, Pepper, died, Lucy began suffering from severe separation anxiety whenever I left the house. I tried different strategies to help her, but nothing worked. Among other items, she tore up bedding (mine), and even ate a window sill. She hated being left outside, hated being inside in a carrier, but I couldn’t leave her free in the house anymore. My vet suggested I try Prozac, and Lucy now tolerates my absences without going into destructive mode. I’m able to leave her loose in the house.
One of the strategies I tried prior to medication was getting a companion for Lucy—a cat. Mama Catt was abandoned in the country near a friend’s winery. She lived in the wild, avoiding coyotes, at last approaching my friend with her kittens. Steve found homes for her kittens but she disappeared. When she turned up with a second litter, he found homes for all but two males, who he adopted. He adopted Mama Catt as well. Except all was not wonderful. Mama Catt and one of the grown kittens didn’t get along and frequently fought. Steve thought it would be better for all if he could find a good home for Mama Catt. Enter me.
Mama Catt has been part of my household around eight months now. She and Lucy have established lines which both respect. Mama Catt lives in the guest room with the door wide open. Lucy goes in, but MC doesn’t come out except when I carry her. They are relaxed in each other’s presence, but not yet buddies. I’m hopeful they’ll eventually get there.

Where to buy A Hero to Hold

Publisher Boroughs Publishing Group
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Sheri Humphreys used to be an Emergency Room nurse, but today applies bandages, splints, and slings to the characters of her Victorian romance novels. She loves to ignore yardwork and housework and read—usually a book every three days. Having conjured stories in her mind her entire life, she wondered if she were normal. Then she began putting stories to paper and became a two-time Golden Heart® finalist. She lives with Lucy, a Jack Russell-mix rescue, and Mama Catt, a mouser of renown, in a small town on the central California coast.

A Hero to Hold received a prized Kirkus Star and was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016.

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Shout out to Rob’s Rescues – founded by a 9-year-old animal activist

Rob’s Rescues is a non-profit organization in Georgia helping people in need care for and feed their pets. It was founded in 2014 by a then nine-year-old boy. Rob’s Rescues is dedicated to collecting pet food for people in need to reduce shelter surrenders, and to advocating for the adoption of shelter pets. Rob writes monthly articles advocating for shelter animals in the Around About Local Media magazine publications. His column was first published in 2014. He also has pet food collection sites for people in need in the community and interviews amazing people. His interviews appear online once they are published in his column.
Rob volunteers for Pet Buddies Food Pantry, the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and Cobb County Animal Control and collects pet food for these organizations and the communities they serve. He also wants to bring attention to smaller, rural shelters. Mostly he wants to get kids to be Rob’s Rangers to teach kids that they can help shelter animals. Rob has also talked to kids in a classroom setting.
Rob’s Rescues is a Non-Profit Corporation and all donations are tax deductible.
Website http://www.robsrescues.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/robsrescues/
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Shout out to Project Freedom Ride

Boroughs Publishing Group is releasing an anthology of rescue dog short stories, November 8, 2018. My story Sparks is included. Proceeds benefit Project Freedom Ride: https://www.facebook.com/ProjectFreedomRide The nonprofit rescues dogs from Texas “kill shelters” and starts them on the road to their own family.

 

Fiction Furbaby: Meet Bartholomew a Racoon Familiar from Better Haunts and Garden Gnomes by Michelle M Pillow @MichellePillow @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsMichelle M Pillow, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We support all furbabies, real life or fictional. We want to know all about your Fiction Furbaby, but first, please tell us about your book.

Better Haunts and Garden Gnomes by Michelle M Pillow

Genre: Cozy Mystery Paranormal Romantic Comedy
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G
Welcome to Lucky Valley where nothing is quite what it seems.
Lily Goode wasn’t aware she had an inheritance waiting for her in the form of a huge Victorian house in Lucky Valley, Colorado. Life might finally be coming together for her. That is if you don’t count the endless home repairs, dealing with eccentric Aunt Polly who claims they’re both witches, and Nolan Dawson the handsome home inspector who seems to have it out for her, then, sure, life is grand. Oh, and not to mention the strange hallucinations and garden gnomes who are far more than lawn ornaments.
If mysterious accidents don’t do her in, then the rebellious gnomes just might. With the help of Aunt Polly, it’s up to Lily to discover who’s sabotaging her new home and trying to drive the Goodes out of Lucky Valley once and for all.

Meet Bartholomew from Better Haunts and Garden Gnomes

Full name: Bartholomew
Gender: Male
Species: Racoon
Physical description: A rather large racoon. He’s been eating well.
Relationship to main character: Her brother’s new familiar.
Relationship to the villain/antagonist: He doesn’t have time for that sort of thing.
Where this furbaby came from: He’s been living in the walls of the Victorian house Lily Goode just inherited.
What inspired you to create this character?
As one often does, I was watching adorable animal videos on the internet and saw one of a racoon riding on the windshield of a car. It reminded me of the incredibly well-fed racoon that would come each evening to eat the food I’d put out for the stray cat who moved into my yard. He’d sneak a hand forward and grab a piece. The cats didn’t care.
What does the main character think about this furbaby?
I don’t Lily Goode is thrilled by the idea of wildlife living in her new home.
How do other characters react to or interact with this furbaby?
Dante Goode, the heroine’s brother, gets off to a rough start with Bartholomew. I can’t give too much away because of spoilers.
What is this furbaby’s natural habitat?
The walls and floor of the Goode’s third story storage area.
What about this furbaby will readers like, and why?
What’s not to love about any furbaby? Bartholomew is mischievous and does his own thing. He also causes a little trouble.

About Lord Winston, Lady Annabelle, Princess Fiona, and Bunny

Fiction Furbaby: Meet Bartholomew a Racoon Familiar from Better Haunts and Garden Gnomes by Michelle M Pillow @MichellePillow @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsThis post is called Fiction Furbaby, but perhaps your own pet does not have fur. If you have a pet that has fins, wings, scales, or other features, please tell us about them here.
Winston and Anna are English Bulldogs and are about 12 years old now. Fiona is a Schipperke, and full of adorable tricks to con people out of treats. Bunny is a stray cat who adopted us.
Which, if any of the pets in your writing are modeled after your own pets? In what way?
Winston and Anna are English Bulldogs. In the series, Warlocks MacGregor, one of the uncles has an English Bulldog he enchanted to never age. I think a lot of us wish we has that kind of magic.
What do your pets do when you are writing?
Fiona patrols the house and makes sure everything is in order. Bunny’s domain is the garage and front bushes. I’m pretty sure she just rolls around in dirt all day collecting fur-leaves. Winston is content to find strange places to sleep (or he tries to sneak into my husband’s office). Anna is a resident of under my desk.
What’s the most unusual pet you ever had?
We rescued a baby duck. I taught him how to swim in the bathtub.
Describe a toy or favorite item your pet loves.
Fiona is my playful one. She hoards all the toys. I count five in a pile on her bed right now.

Where to buy Better Haunts and Garden Gnomes

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NYT and USAT Bestselling Author Michelle M Pillow is an award-winning romance writer with over 100 published books over the course of her nearly 15-year career. She is best known for her Quirlixen World including the series: Dragon Lords, Space Lords, Lords of the Var, Galaxy Alien Mail Order Brides, and more.
Michelle is always up for a new adventure or challenge, whether it’s a paranormal investigation of an old Vaudeville Theatre or climbing Mayan temples in Belize. She was a refugee extra on SyFy’s Z Nation.
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Shout out to Rob’s Rescues – founded by a 9-year-old animal activist

Rob’s Rescues is a non-profit organization in Georgia helping people in need care for and feed their pets. It was founded in 2014 by a then nine-year-old boy. Rob’s Rescues is dedicated to collecting pet food for people in need to reduce shelter surrenders, and to advocating for the adoption of shelter pets. Rob writes monthly articles advocating for shelter animals in the Around About Local Media magazine publications. His column was first published in 2014. He also has pet food collection sites for people in need in the community and interviews amazing people. His interviews appear online once they are published in his column.
Rob volunteers for Pet Buddies Food Pantry, the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and Cobb County Animal Control and collects pet food for these organizations and the communities they serve. He also wants to bring attention to smaller, rural shelters. Mostly he wants to get kids to be Rob’s Rangers to teach kids that they can help shelter animals. Rob has also talked to kids in a classroom setting.
Rob’s Rescues is a Non-Profit Corporation and all donations are tax deductible.
Website http://www.robsrescues.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/robsrescues/
Twitter https://twitter.com/RobsRescues

 

Fiction Furbaby: Meet Eyrael from The Summoning by Linda Nightingale @LNightngale @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsLinda Nightingale, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We support all furbabies, real life or fictional. We want to know all about your Fiction Furbaby, but first, please tell us about your book.

The Summoning by Linda Nightingale

Genre Fantasy Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Heather Morique is a witch. The problem is she doesn’t know it. Her husband Jahill was a refugee from an obscure branch of the Arawak Indians. After his death, mysterious whispers lure her to his homeland of Jamaica. Soon, she finds herself in a web of secrets, lies and illusions.
Jahill’s people worship Eyrael, the God of Wind and Sea, and his brother Sofiel, the God of Fire and Earth. The new Shaman has pitted brother against brother, and these two powerful spirits from an alternate universe fight to become the tribe’s ruling deity. Will light or darkness reign?
When Heather unwittingly summons Eyrael, these two unlikely soul mates face a dangerous fate. The chemistry between them is more disturbing than the long-buried secrets.

Meet Eyrael from The Summoning

Full name: EyraelFiction Furbaby: Meet Eyrael from The Summoning by Linda Nightingale @LNightngale @RobsRescues #RLFblog #Pets
Nickname: Eyrael
Gender: Male
Species: Horse
Physical description: Large black horse with long mane and tail (Friesian)
Relationship to main character: He is the hero
Relationship to the villain/antagonist: Brother
Where this furbaby came from: Another dimension

What inspired you to create this character?
A picture of a beautiful Friesian horse (black with long mane and tail) pictured like Pegasus with mammoth wings in flight.
What does the main character think about this furbaby?
The furbaby is the hero. He considers the flying horse a physical representation to his people of his deity. At first, the heroine is afraid of him but when he fights to protect her and her whisks her to safety on his beautiful black wings, she falls in love with this aspect of her rescuer, a dynamic shapeshifter.
What does the villain/antagonist think about this furbaby?
In this world, the Shaman has pitted brother against brother, and Sofiel, the villain, dislikes any battle with the winged horse. He has wings and he has the weight and speed to be a formidable opponent for Sofiel’s own equine form—a more agile but slenderer Arabian.
How do other characters react to or interact with this furbaby?
The main character, the heroine falls in love with him. His worshipers prefer this shape when he is not in human form.
What is this furbaby’s natural habitat?
The beach, places outside, since the shape is a horse. Although, he can navigate indoors as long as there is enough room.
What does this furbaby add to the story?
He is the hero, and the shape of the Friesian adds the charm of the horse. Most people are drawn to the horse. Even those afraid of them, see them as beautiful and powerful. Eyrael’s equine manifestation brings the heroine to trust him quicker than his natural form—a human man with long hair the color of seafoam and crystalline eyes.
What about this furbaby will readers like, and why?
He is a beautiful, gentle and kind in animal form as he is in human form. The Friesian which inspired the shapeshifter’s shape is a docile and stunning horse.

For Shapeshifters

What triggers the shift from human to animal?
The shift is totally voluntary. In the first chapter, the choice is made because Eyrael is protecting the heroine against a dark spirit and his darker Shaman, trying to sacrifice her on a stone altar. He shifts to the shape his worshipers find most appealing in his deity.
How does the shifting process happen?
He pales to transparent, shimmers and reappears as the other shape/
How does the human character think and feel about the animal side?
Once she begins to trust Eyrael, Heather, the heroine, falls in love with his equine manifestation. She asks him again and again to shift to the horse, but in the story, he never does again because the battle and the danger have escalated to the human level requiring planning ad split-second decisions. In animal form, he thinks and feels as he would in human form.
In what ways are the human and animal characters different in belief and needs?
Is the shifting process part of a deeper, mystical process (i.e., moon phases, rituals, life events)?
No, it is totally voluntary, though he and his followers worship at the full of the moon on the beach by his sea.

Where to buy The Summoning

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075ZJWS9J/

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Born in South Carolina, Linda has lived in England, Canada, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta and Houston. She’s seen a lot of this country from the windshield of a truck pulling a horse trailer, having bred, trained and showed Andalusian horses for many years.
Linda has won several writing awards, including the Georgia Romance Writers Magnolia Award and the SARA Merritt. She retired from a career as a legal assistant and loves events with her car club. The stars in her crown are two wonderful sons. In a former life, she must have had to walk everywhere because today she is into transportation with fine taste in expensive horses and hot cars! She likes to dress up and host formal dinner parties.
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Shout out to Rob’s Rescues – founded by a 9-year-old animal activist

Rob’s Rescues is a non-profit organization in Georgia helping people in need care for and feed their pets. It was founded in 2014 by a then nine-year-old boy. Rob’s Rescues is dedicated to collecting pet food for people in need to reduce shelter surrenders, and to advocating for the adoption of shelter pets. Rob writes monthly articles advocating for shelter animals in the Around About Local Media magazine publications. His column was first published in 2014. He also has pet food collection sites for people in need in the community and interviews amazing people. His interviews appear online once they are published in his column.
Rob volunteers for Pet Buddies Food Pantry, the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and Cobb County Animal Control and collects pet food for these organizations and the communities they serve. He also wants to bring attention to smaller, rural shelters. Mostly he wants to get kids to be Rob’s Rangers to teach kids that they can help shelter animals. Rob has also talked to kids in a classroom setting.
Rob’s Rescues is a Non-Profit Corporation and all donations are tax deductible.
Website http://www.robsrescues.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/robsrescues/
Twitter https://twitter.com/RobsRescues

 

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